I have been lucky to have travelled to many places as a result of curating quilt exhibitions and trying to show off Australian art quilts in the wider world. One of those places was Cairo and I spent many delightful hours accompanying Jenny Bowker around Cairo on such a trip. Jenny has been and is passionate about sharing and exposing the work of the tentmakers of Cairo. You cannot help but be seduced by this covered street filled with bright booths filled with remarkable appliques- all patterns and foliage and birds. I feel truly fortunate to have spent time with some of these men, to have watched them work, to have drunk tea with them and to have purchased some of their work. And as many of you know I am passionate about history and the history of textiles- it is as if the work of the tentmakers has stood still in time and yet it is also of this time. So how wonderful it is, that Kim Beamish a friend of Jenny Bowker's is making a film about the men and their work and their life in Bub Zuwela ( also known as Chareh el Khiamiah) .
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